Capel Mango – Piscol Capel (Chile)

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  • My Rating: [C]

Capel Mango – Pisco Capel, 15% ABV – 700ml., (Chile)

from their site http://www.piscocapel.cl:

“This cocktail combines a delicate mango aroma with a tropical mango flavor. Its color is opaque yellow and orange with medium turbidity. The nose is intensely tropical with a clear mango character. On the palate, it has a pleasant balance of sweet tropical fruit and the citric acid taste of lemons, plus the elegance and softness of Pisco alcohol.”

  • Style: Ready-to-drink Cocktail
  • Taste: Fruity berry alcohol bitter sweet drinkable smooth
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores (?), no longer sold 8/2015
  • How much: ~$13 – 700ml, sometime in 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this at drinking parties: mostly artificial tasting, can’t love it.

Visual: Lasting whipped creamy foamy head when shaken with ice, pours opaque light orange.

Nose: sugary mango juice, light tang. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: dense cloying sugars, mint herbacious

Mid-palate: sugar-forward, (lvl-7)-sweetness, (MAIN) mango juice-syrup, alcohol bitterness

Finish: subtle spearmint extract exhale, light lime tartness, sweet fruity candy mango finish.

Summary: Nice head when shaken, simple straightforward mango taste with a minty backdrop and a mild tangy skeleton. Overall partially artificial-tasting, but drinkable. Wouldn’t want seconds.

Vodka-Cranberry Elderflower – Sage Mixology (Ontario, Canada)

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  • My Rating: [C+]

Vodka-Cranberry Elderflower – Sage Mixology, 15% ABV, 345ml. Vodka + 405ml Juice, (Ontario, Canada)

Ingredients: filtered water, Vodka, sugar, cranberry concentrate, pressed blackcurrant juice, blueberry concentrate, elderflower juice (from concentrate), citric acid, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate. Contains sulphites. Gluten free (non-grain based vodka?)

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  • Style: Ready-to-drink Cocktail
  • Taste: Fruity berry alcohol bitter sweet drinkable smooth
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $16 – 345ml. + 405ml, July 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this at drinking parties: not bad as a party starter

Visual: Attractive and unique 2-in-1 bottle-in-a-bottle; Vodka in the outer, cran-elderflower in the center. Pours pale ruby pink, clear as water.

Nose: fruity perfume-like scent, sugary elderflower syrup. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: fruity sweet, incoming syrupy-sweetened alcohol

Mid-palate: alcohol bitterness, (lvl-6)-concentrated sugar sweetness, (MAIN) plastic, cranberry tartness, blackcurrant-berry

Finish: tart-light cloying, fruity sweet finish.

Summary: Goes down okay and you know that there’s real fruit juice in there even though it’s from concentrate. Punchy bold fruit flavours but still only a sub-par substitute to mixing cranberry-blueberry juice and vodka yourself; this seems overly diluted. Convenience factor for sure.